Friday 19 July
  • Transparency and fairness must be enforced in 2010 ARV tender process

    High Court finds part of 2008 ARV tender procedurally unfair Company with lowest prices unfairly excluded from bidding Questions raised as to motive for company’s exclusion

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  • Call on Government to withdraw homophobic statements made by representative to United Nations

    A broad range of civil society organisations have called on the South African government to distance themselves from homophobic and unconstitutional comments made by Jerry Matjila, South Africa’s representative at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Matjila said that to protect gay people, “demeans the legitimate plight of the victims of racism”.

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  • Concerns regarding Indian trade negotiations with EU

    Letter to the High Commissioner for India to South Africa: Our concerns regarding Indian trade negotiations with EU. This letter explains that the prospect of making new ARVs available in South Africa at affordable prices is under threat because of events unfolding in India. In particular, pressure is being applied by the European Union on…

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  • Current OSD offer still disadvantages rural communities

    The Rural Health Advocacy Project, Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, SECTION27 and Wits Centre for Rural Health support SAMA’s rejection of the final OSD offer to public sector doctors. By accepting the Government’s OSD offer, collective labour in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council will be contributing to a major setback in Government’s strides…

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  • TAC and SECTION27 welcome the release of IST report

    On Monday 31 May Business Day reported that because of the deepening financial crisis facing health services in the provinces the Minister of Health is discussing a “bail-out” of provincial departments of health by the Treasury. Treasury intervention is now vital to prevent the collapse of health services. But equally important is the resolution of…

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  • Release of Monjeza and Chimbalanga welcome

    The Treatment Action Campaign(TAC) , SECTION27, the Social Justice Coalition, Community Media Trust and the Coalition Against Discrimination welcome the release and pardon of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza in Malawi. They were arrested in December 2009 after getting engaged and sentenced in May 2010 to 14 years imprisonment for ‘gross indecency and unnatural acts’.

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  • Malawian court's cruel sentence

    Leading activist organisations have condemned the cruel sentence by a Malawian magistrate imposed on Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, two men (one of whom is transgender and identifies as a woman) because they held a public engangement. They have been sentenced to 14 years in hard labour.

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  • Introducing SECTION27, an organisation that will challenge the state and the private sector to fulfill their constitutional obligations on health

    At 4pm on 7 May 2010, leaders from various civil society,public and private sector organisations in South Africa and internationally, gathered for the launch of a new human rights organisation – SECTION27. Head of Legal and Litigation at SECTION27 Adilla Hassim, delivered a speech and COSATU Secretary General Zwelinzima Vavi delivered the keynote address.

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  • ALP calls on Health Minister to maintain his firm stand on drug prices

    The AIDS Law Project (ALP) welcomes the Minister of Health’s budget speech of 13th April 2010. We are encouraged by his commitment to strengthen the public health system, the setting of clear targets for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and the urgency in the Minister’s approach to tackling the health crisis in South Africa.

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  • The ALP welcomes aspects of the 2010/2011 budget

    The AIDS Law Project (ALP) welcomes those aspects of the 2010/2011 budget that deal with health tabled by Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan on 17 February 2010.

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  • Press Release: AIDS Law Project calls for accuracy in reporting on Bishop Verryn

    The AIDS Law Project (ALP) is concerned about irresponsible and inaccurate reporting that has taken place around the suspension of Bishop Paul Verryn as the Superintendent Minister of the Central Methodist Mission (CMM). Media reports have misleadingly suggested that the disciplinary charges are related to allegations of sexual abuse at the CMM.

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  • Curator Appointed for Unaccompanied Children at the Central Methodist Church

    Today the AIDS Law Project, represented on a pro bono basis by Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys, was admitted as a party in the application for the appointment of Dr Ann Skelton as a curator ad litem to represent the interests of unaccompanied children living at the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg. A curator ad litem is…

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  • Statement on resolving the refugee crisis at the Central Methodist Church, Johannesburg

    Statement on resolving the refugee crisis at the Central Methodist Church, Johannesburg. The following organizations would like to express our grave concerns regarding the humanitarian crisis that faces homeless people, particularly Zimbabwean migrants, who are seeking shelter at the Central Methodist Church (CMC) in downtown Johannesburg.

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